Sometimes, the most impressive work on display in Miami during the the first week of December isn’t found in one of the Miami Art Fairs. This was certainly the case for the exhibition, Heavy Manner, by Luis Gispert. The exhibition, which opened last night at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery, included several large format photographs, sound sculptures, and a 26-minute film, titled Smother. The exhibition stood out among countless other works of art currently on view in Miami, and emerged to be one of the most impressive collections of the week. Gispert’s newest photographs continue to explore the saturation of ostentatious wealth and cultural naivete that are often associated with Miami. Constructing images that are loaded with cultural references, the artist sets the viewer in a first person perspective from the back seat of strange and intricately fabricated vehicles, such as his image KnightRider. With many of the images reaching over ten feet in length, the viewer is set in an almost true to life scaled version of these seemingly hypothetical scenarios. The sound sculptures wait silently until a viewer passes through them before they belt out aggressive bass tones which seem to certainly reference Miami bass tracks of the nineties.
Luis Gispert was raised in Miami during the late seventies and eighties and experienced first-hand the cultural qualities of the area. He completed his MFA at Yale University School of Art and was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2002. The artist has exhibited extensively and internationally with the recent show El Mundo Es Tuyo (the world is yours) having opened this year at Zach Feuer Gallery and Mary Boone Gallery in New York and a survey exhibition of the artist’s work opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami in 2009.